Creating a Blog Post with Multiple Slide Shows

So, as some of you may have already noticed, the other day I wrote several new blog posts each containing multiple slide shows. Now if you are familiar with WordPress you might know that this is no easy task since currently WordPress’ capabilities do not allow for blog posting with this feature. Currently, WordPress only allows you to upload one “batch” of images per blog post; then the images from this “batch” can either be displayed in a gallery (as individual thumbnails all lumped together in one section of your blog posting), or as part of a single slideshow. However, as someone who loves photography and generally takes way too many photos of anything I like to organize my slideshows into themed sets, or “batches”, and then spread the various slideshows throughout the relevant parts of a particular posting. Therefore, I wasn’t willing to accept a simple “sorry, that’s just not possible” response, so I took to the world wide web to help me solve this little problem I was facing. After doing some light online research (thank you Google) I came across this website: http://www.slideshare.net/.

Slideshare homepage.

Slideshare allows users to create as many individual slideshows as they would like. After each slideshow is created one can then simply get a customized HTML code to link that slideshow back to their own blog in WordPress – GENIUS! Now, there’s no limit to the number of slideshows you can have in one particular blog posting. And trust me when I say this, it truly is much easier than you think.

To really make the process fool-proof please follow the step-by-step instructions below:

Intro: In order to upload slide shows to Slideshare you must first create and save them as either a PDF document or as a PPT (PowerPoint Doc). For me, it was personally easier to create the slides in PowerPoint and then do a “Save As” PDF; doing it this way also helps to slightly compress the file. (Please note: Slideshare only allows users without a paid subscription to upload slide show files up to 10MB in size. However, for $19 a month you can “Go PRO” and all size limitation restrictions for both slide shows and video files will be removed.) Slideshare Go PRO Subscription

So, now that you have created your slide show, and have it as a PDF file, you are now able to go on to the first step.

Step 1: Go to the Slideshare homepage, and follow the steps to create a new user profile account.

Step 2: Click on the “UPLOAD” icon.

Click here to create and upload a new slideshow.

Step 3: You have now been redirected to a screen that should look like this

Upload file screenshot.

Step 4: Now, if you have opted to sign up for a paid membership then you would click on the blue “Upload +” link above. However, since I am still not sure how often I will be using the Slideshare services I have not done so yet, so I click the orange “Upload” link from above.

Doing so will pop up the following “Documents Library” window:

Pop-up "Document Library" window.

Step 5: Since I don’t tend to save things in my personal “Document Library” folder, I need to search my desktop folders to find the slide show PDF file that I have created and wish to upload to Slideshare.

Select the file you wish to upload - and make sure it is the PDF format.

Step 6: Wait for your file to be uploaded into Slideshare.

Waiting for your slide show file to upload should only take a few minutes (depending on size).

Step 7: Once your slide show file has been successfully updated your screen will now look like the below.

Screenshot after a successful file upload.

Above you can see that there is already an “embed link” code. However, do NOT use this one if you want your slide show to actually appear as images in your WordPress blog. This link will only appear as a “hyperlink” in your WordPress blog.  Your blog readers and viewers will then need to click on this link to be redirected to your personal Slideshare profile, and only then will they be able to view the slideshow you have created. If you are only interested in sharing this slide show with your friends on e-mail, Facebook, and Tumblr you can just directly click on those icons to share your slide show via those channels. (Please note: if you have chosen to “Go PRO” then there are additional options to share via Twitter, Blogger, and other social media networks and communities.)

Now, since I am assuming you want the actual slide show images to appear directly in your WordPress blog posting then please read on; and don’t worry you are almost done.

Step 8: In the upper right hand corner of your screen you should see your Profile Account Name — click on this, and the below drop down menu will appear.

Click to view you "Profile Menu".

Then, scroll down to “My Uploads” (it is the 3rd option down on the list).

Click on the "My Uploads" link.

You will now be direct to your “My Uploads” screen. Which should look something like this:

"My Uploads" screenshot.

Click on the slide show which you wish to share in a particular WordPress blog posting. Once you have made the selection your screen should look like the one below.

Viewing selected slide show screenshot.

Step 9: Locate the “Embed this Presentation” link (it looks like this: “<> Embed”) — it should be directly above your slide show, approximately in the middle of the screen.

Click on the link to "Embed this Presentation".

Please note: DO NOT COPY the first link you see there!! This link is the same as the previous one, and it will only create a “Hyperlink” in your WordPress blog, instead of actually displaying the physical slide show that you have just created.

So, on to the final step to get the correct link for a WordPress blog posting.

Step 10: Click on the “Customize” link, it is located directly below the code that is being shown on your screen.

Click to "Customize Embed Code".

Once you do so, your screen should now look like my demo one below:

"Customize Options" screenshot.

Here, if you want you can change the size of your slide show prior to transferring it to your WordPress blog. However, I have always left mine in the standard pre-selected size: 425 x 355. (Note: this is the optimal size for viewing within WordPress.)

Now, below the size selections we finally see what we have been waiting for: the direct “Shortcode for WordPress.com Blogs”. Simply click on the “copy” button (located directly to the right of the proper short code link, in this case it is the first “copy” button which you see on your screen). Once you click on “copy” your screen should look like the one below.

Click to "Copy" the "Shortcode for WordPress.com Blog" screenshot.

The proper link has now been simply copied for you. So, all you need to do is return to your blog posting in WordPress and “paste” this link where ever you wish for the slide show to appear within your blog post. And you are done! Just remember to hit “Save Draft” in WordPress often if you are still working on the posting, or if you are done then hit “Preview” in order to check your posting one last time before going live with it.

So, if you want to add more than one slide show to a particular post just repeat the above steps as many times as you would like. As far as I know WordPress does not have a limit for numbers of slide shows per posting if you are doing it this way. Some of my previous postings have had up to 5 slide shows in each blog entry, and it was easy as pie!

Hope this is a helpful tutorial, as I am no tech-expert myself I have used the most basic of terms, so hopefully everyone can understand and easily follow along. At this point I’m no expert at it myself yet, but if you have any questions while trying to do this on your own feel free to contact me directly and I will see if i can help you figure it out.

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